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  • 30 March 2014, 22:33

Arizona Students In NCAA Basketball Loss Riot

Fifteen people were arrested after University of Arizona students staged a riot following their team's defeat in the NCAA basketball regional finals.

Tucson police said they used pepper spray, pepper canisters and pepper balls - which disperse into the air when they hit the ground - after several hundred fans took to the streets on Saturday when their team lost in overtime to the University of Wisconsin.

One fan had smoke bombs thrown at him as he stood in front of police. Officers then wrestled him to the ground.

Five people suffered minor injuries as beer bottles and firecrackers were hurled at riot police.

Fourteen of those arrested were later released without charge and one was sent to Pima County jail.

The Wisconsin Badgers beat the Arizona Wildcats 64-63 in the West Region final in Anaheim, California.

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